State Crime Lab Submits Untested Rape Kits Data

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The State Crime Lab has submitted data from more than two thousand untested rape kits.

The kits were collected throughout the state, the result of an act passed in the General Assembly requiring law enforcement and healthcare providers to collect and report all unsubmitted rape kits.

One goal of this requirement is to put the samples into a DNA database to help solve other crimes.

"This was important to find out if we have any major issues in Arkansas with relation to sexual assaults coming into the crime laboratory," explains Kermit Channel, Executive Director of the State Crime Lab.

Channel says the law makes us focus and look at these types of issues... and to be more responsive to victim's needs.

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